THATCHER — A romantic breakup turned into a jail lockup last week.

Willie Dunklin, 27, was arrested and booked into the Graham County Jail on Nov. 12 after he allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend and stole her wallet from her car.

A Thatcher officer was dispatched to a residence in the 3000 block of W. Pace Street in Daley Estates at about 3:19 p.m. regarding a domestic dispute in progress. Upon the officer’s arrival, a neighbor told the officer he heard two women screaming at a man to “get out” and “leave us alone” over and over.

The neighbor then saw a man — later identified as Dunklin — leave the residence.

The victim met with the officer outside of the residence and said she had just broken off a four-year relationship with Dunklin that day and had moved her belongings out of their Safford residence to her mother’s residence in Thatcher. Dunklin later arrived at her mother’s residence, entered without knocking and reportedly attempted to force the victim to leave with him.

The victim’s sister came to her aid, and the pair eventually convinced Dunklin to leave, according to their statements to police. As he was leaving, however, he allegedly entered a car the victim was using to move her belongings and stole her wallet.

Dunklin was later found at his residence in the 300 block of W. 12th Street in Safford and denied assaulting his ex-girlfriend or entering the residence without permission. The officer then asked where the victim’s wallet was, and Dunklin retrieved it from his vehicle. He said he took the wallet because there was a receipt in it he wanted to retrieve.

Dunklin was arrested and booked into the jail on charges of assault/domestic violence, burglary in the second degree and theft.

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